I'm always needing to make something. Maybe some of you (readers) can relate. It's a favorite pastime for me. Creating things fulfills my need for something new, while not making me feel like I'm ONLY a consumer; I feel like I'm a creator of something that wasn't there before. I also like making things because the process is therapeutic... turn on the TV and let the shows run back to back, I'll be nailing 100 studs into super thin lambskin leather. This backpack was the product of one of my weekend days (that I rarely get working retail). I love the bag! Couldn't be happier with it. But I very importantly recognized how much fun I had making it, and that, even though it took a long time to make, everything about the process was gratifying...there was no other way I would've wanted to spend my time.